|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jacques Graut|
|Area1||19.11 km2 (7.38 sq mi)|
|• Density||80/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||34014 / 34820|
|Elevation||59–164 m (194–538 ft)
(avg. 85 m or 279 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Located just north of Montpellier, Assas lies near Saint-Vincent de Barbeyrargues, Guzargues, Clapiers, Jacou, Castries and Teyran. The region near Assas is primarily scrubland, but it is watered by a number of streams and brooks and has a small wooded area that produces mushrooms in the fall.
The village of Assas is organized around the Château d'Assas, located on a hill overlooking the small but quaint old village.
The inhabitants are called Assadins.
- Château d'Assas, an 18th-century folie montpellierraine, designed by the architect Jean-Antoine Giral (1700–1787), was built in 1759/1760 on the ruins of a feudal castle. It is a private residence, but can be toured either by appointment or on national holidays. A historic 18th century harpsichord is preserved in the Château, a favoured instrument of harpsichordist Scott Ross (1951–1989), who died in Assas. At the beginning of the 1920s, Sir Patrick Geddes (born Ballater, Scotland 2 October 1854, died Montpellier, France 17 April 1932), the Scottish botanist, bought the Château d'Assas to set up a centre for urban studies, as an extension of the Collège des Ecossais which he founded in Montpellier in 1890.
The château was used as a set in the filming of La Belle Noiseuse, a film by Jacques Rivette (1991).
- A church of the 11th or 12th century, completely restored at the beginning of the 21st century.
- Remains of the 10th or 11th century fortifications.
- Old village.
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- Commune d'Assas, official website
- Map of France locating Assas[permanent dead link]
- Map of Assas on Mapquest
- Assas photos – not an official site
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